• Nov4

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    Continuing with favorites from the past 10 years, we’re moving from real weddings and onto monograms! Being exclusively a custom studio we do a lot of monograms, or wedding logos for clients. Here are just a few favorites from the years and how we used them on their wedding invitation {in no particular order}.




    This one was a lot of fun as it had so many elements that were personal to the bride and groom. Starting with their initials, we built around that grape vines (significant of the bride and groom getting engaged in a vineyard in France), their wedding date, and the clock tower from their alma matter where they met. The logo was used on the cover of their wedding invitation pocket folder. You can see the entire suite here.



    I’m always a fan of drawing a clients initials intertwined together. It’s fun to see how you can make letters come together! Michele and Tim’s monogram was used on a seal on the cover of their beautiful pocket folder invitation, which showed through a laser cut sleeve. From one of our most inquired about designs, which you can see here.



    It’s always fun when the couple has the same initials. This one was done for a modern wedding with classic details. We used the monogram on a laser cut belly band around the main invitation card. See the full suite here.



    This logo was a lot of fun. Designed for a couple getting married in Mammoth over the Christmas holiday. Skiing was to be a big part of the celebration, and the wedding was taking place in a beautiful resort lodge. We used the wedding logo on the top of their main invitation card. See the full suite here.



    Sometimes simple and classic is the way to go, which was the case for Whitney and Ross. We used their custom logo on the laser cut sleeve that housed their invitation, on the top of their main invitation card as well as on a wax seal for their mailing envelopes. See the full suite here.



    Another logo from one of our favorite real weddings from the past 10 years. This elegant and modern logo was thermography printed on the main invitation card and used on the seal on the front of the invitation’s pocket folder. At the celebration it was used on the day of stationery, embroidered on the guest’s napkins and on the dance floor. See the full invitation here.



    A classic wedding monogram adorned the front of this couple’s pocket folder wedding invitation. This was really a fun suite, inspired by a muted color palette and the bride’s love for books. A special invitation designed for my sister-in-law for her wedding! See the full suite here.



    Inspired by a wine label, this couple wanted a monogram that would reflect their vineyard celebration. We used the logo on the cork belly band around their pocket folder suite, as well as on the weekend events card. See the full suite here.


    Monograms are definitely an awesome way to personalize your paper products and can easily be carried through to your wedding details, and even into your married life after the wedding! Here are some ways to use your monogram on your wedding details:

    • Start with the save the date, then carry it over onto your wedding invitation
    • Use it on the front of a pocket folder, on the mailing envelope flap or at the top of your main invitation card
    • Day of papers such as menus, programs or your seating chart
    • Have your monogram drawn on your wedding cake
    • If your monogram is simple in detail have it made into a custom cake topper
    • Thank you cards for after the celebration
    • On your dance floor or embroidered on napkins like this real wedding
    • Stickers for favor bags
    • After the celebration on personalized stationery or linens


    All monograms and invitation designs by Zenadia Design

  • Jan28


    Warm winter elegance was the inspiration for Lynette and Alexander’s wedding invitation. Their color scheme of deep red and gold was the jumping off point for this luxurious invitation with whimsical details…


    The main invitation features beautiful deep red velvet on the front and back for a soft textural element.

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    I love the whimsical details we added to the suite such evergreen boughs and a snowy mountain scene.


    A lace pocket on the back of the invitation holds the insert cards neatly in place while adding a hint of feminine charm.

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    This invitation is a perfect example of how you can combine unique elements to an elegant and very classic invitation. It keeps the vibe fun while still being formal.

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    Invitation by Zenadia Design.

    Board Credits – Top Row: Colin Cowie, Edward Phi on Flickr, Cape Cod Collegiate, Bottom Row: Maggie Harkov flowers by Hatch Creative Studio via SMP, Colin Cowie Weddings, This is Glamorous

  • Jan7

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    How excited am I to share this invitation suite with you? Very excited! Being a designer, sometimes you have these fabulous ideas you just want to get onto paper (literally in my case!). I had the idea for this invitation for quite some time and finally found the time late last year to get the invitation and save the date designed and produced. Let’s jump right in shall we?

    The inspiration for this suite was Mid Century Modern meets Masculine Malachite. It’s a little chic, a little modern vintage and a whole lot of fun. Black is the main color with accent colors in bright shades of pinks, blues and greens.inspiration


    To say I’m completely head over heels for this save the date is an understatement. Inspiration for this struck at about 2am one morning while I was up with my daughter during a very sleepless night. At least something good came out of no sleep, right? The save the date features a stained glass design on the back of the card which then slides into a laser cut sleeve where the stained glass design shows through. I love all the colors, and how the black of the sleeve makes the colors pop even more!savethedate



    The bright pink envelopes are lined with black and white stripes which add a fun touch and are then carried through into the invitation design.



    The save the date is definitely fun and playful, and the bright colors get guests excited for what’s to come. For the invitation, I wanted to tone it down a notch and make it more classic while still being fun and playful through the design elements used.invitation


    For the materials I wanted to incorporate malachite (which I predict will be a hot addition to celebrations in 2015!) as well as leather (which we all know I love from this invitation).


    The main invitation is countersunk into a leather frame with gold edging. I absolutely love how this piece turned out. It has a lot of depth, which unfortunately you can’t see in the picture, but it lends a great textural element to the piece.


    Since the invitation itself is a little more formal, I kept the vibe from the save the dates by incorporating fun design elements and playful wording.



    The malachite pattern was incorporated via the envelope liners, which adds a fun pop of color in an otherwise monochromatic invitation suite.


    Save the Date and Invitation design by Zenadia Design.

    Board Credits – Top Row: Kat Bevel Photography via 100 Layer Cake, F&O, Woodnote Photography with cake by Sweet and Saucy, Bottom Row: Pinterest, Palace of Winds, Jenna Henderson via SMP,

  • Dec3

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    When I first spoke with Nicole, I knew her wedding style was right up my alley. Soft muted colors, a touch of sparkle and beautiful flowers, with a color palette of blush and gold with hints of cream and taupe…


    For her invitations, Nicole wanted something soft and feminine (but not so feminine that Garrett wouldn’t like it!). She wanted to incorporate lace and gold foil stamping of which I’m always a fan. After going over the designs, Nicole and Garrett chose the following to set the style for their big day.

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    The main invitation featured beautiful gold lace over a blush pink stock. The invitation itself was flat printed with Nicole and Garret’s names foil stamped in gold to coordinate with the lace. The package then was all tied up with a beautiful light taupe colored ribbon.

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    The reception took place at the beautiful Arizona Biltmore.

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    I loved how the gold lace looked over the blush pink stock. This is one of my favorite ways to add lace. It shows a small amount on the front with a beautiful amount of texture on the back of the invitation.

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    Nicole and Garrett were absolutely wonderful to work with and such fun to design for. Here’s what Nicole had to say about working with Zenadia Design:


    Thank you so much Nicole and Garrett for letting me be part of your special day!!

    Invitation by Zenadia Design  —  Picture of Nicole and Garrett by Mark Cafiero

    Board Credits – Top Row: Karen Tran, She Walks in Beauty, Ava and Anna Bottom Row: Style Me Pretty, This is Glamorous, This is Glamorous

  • Oct13

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    Ah, the beach. Romantic, relaxing and beautiful. Listen to the waves, smell the salt air and feel the warm sun. Beach weddings can be one of two things: beautiful and serene, or tacky and cliche. After speaking with Katrina and Brian about their wedding theme and style, I knew their beach celebration was going to be a beautiful affair with lots of love and wonderful details. Katrina had chosen a color palette of soft blue, mint green, peach and a muted blush for her wedding…


    The wedding was to be a weekend long event, and many guests were going to be traveling in from out of town so a lot of information was going to have to be conveyed in the invitation package. I set to work creating two different ways to present this information; the first way being a classic pocket folder and the second, my favorite for presenting a lot of info, the book invitation. Katrina and Brian chose to go the book route, and here’s what the final product looked like!



    I love putting little phrases on some of the pages that coordinate with the theme or style. I thought this one opposite the invitation fit this couple perfectly.


    Katrina and Brian were getting married at the beach, however their reception was to take place at a winery in the Malibu hills. On the first page of the invitation book, I put the phrase “A weekend of wine, love and sunshine”, which I thought fit the theme of the weekend perfectly!



    Katrina’s family has a beautiful old boathouse that a second reception would be taking place at. This information also needed to be included in the book so on that particular page we drew a custom pen and ink of the boathouse which turned out beautifully!



    One of my favorite pieces to design was the rehearsal beach day invitation. Instead of a typical rehearsal dinner, Katrina and Brian opted for a fun and relaxing beach day with their wedding party and family. This invitation was inspired by vintage surf posters and I love the end result!


    Katrina and Brian’s wedding was featured in the Summer issue of Inside Weddings. It was a beautiful celebration filled with love, friends and family!

    Invitation design Zenadia Design.

    Board Credits – Top Row: Jana Williams, KT Merry Photography via SMP, Ocean and Island Living, Bottom Row: Martha Stewart, Found Rentals, Pinterest

  • Jun18

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    I knew the minute I met with Michele that she and I were going to have fun working together. Her wedding style was elegant, classic and feminine with beautiful muted tones of blush and white…


    Michele wanted her invitation suite to be unique, beautiful and personal so I set to work creating several different looks for her. The first order of business was save the dates, which included lace, a custom made bow and letterpress details. (Check out our Behind The Scenes: Letterpress video to see how this save the date was produced!)



    This definitely got her guests excited about the event and what was to come! Next up was the invitation suite which she and I had so much fun working on. Out of the options I gave Michele and Tim, they chose the perfect design as the preview for their beautiful event to come.


    The invitation was housed in a laser cut sleeve with a window to showcase their lovely monogram seal, which graced the cover of the lace invitation once it was pulled out of the sleeve.



    The invitation opened to reveal a beautiful letterpress invitation as well as custom pocket to house the insert cards.


    Every piece of the suite was beautifully letterpress printed in two colors on ultra thick cotton paper.


    Carrying the look through to your day of details is key to creating the perfect look for your big day. Michele and Tim had so many fun day of elements for their celebration. A few of my favorites were their menus, fan programs and escort cards.


    The fan programs were the perfect choice for their outdoor celebration at the Biltmore in Santa Barbara.


    Michele and Tim wanted to make sure the kids at the wedding had plenty of entertainment. Not only did they have a special play room for the kids, we designed fun interactive menus for them which were tied with a mini pencil to keep them busy during the dinner hour.


    Another fun detail from the day was the custom parasol tags we created.


    And a little peek at the reception table details, their menu and table numbers.


    Michele and Tim’s wedding celebration had many absolutely stunning details but more importantly, it was a celebration of incredible love, family and friendship which, after all, is what a wedding should be all about. I feel so fortunate to have been able to work with this amazing couple who I am now blessed to call friends. Thank you Michele and Tim for letting me be part of your special day!

    Invitation, save the date, and day of stationery by Zenadia Design.

    Board Credits – Top Row: Karen Tran, Rosalind Miller Cakes, Flowers Bottom Row: Hair and Makeup by Steph photo by Alixann Loosle, Lacie Hansen via SMPElizabeth Anne Designs

  • May21

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    With a love for wedgewood blue china, Nicole and Jared wanted their wedding to be personal and elegant without feeling to formal. With wedding colors of blue and white and inspired by wedgewood china, we set to work creating the perfect suite for their big day…


    The invitations had a modern, yet formal style to them which was a lot of fun. They featured a belly band on the back of the invitations to hold all the cards neatly together. I love this alternative to a regular belly band around the whole suite. Plus we had fun playing with the opposite colors on the back vs the front.




    Besides the cards, I thought the back needed some design elements as well so I added a floral pattern to compliment the rest of the design suite.





    Invitation by Zenadia Design.

    Board Credits – Top Row: Cake Opera Company via MSW, Polly Alexandre via Once Wed, PicMonkey, Bottom Row: Pattrott, plates via Backyard Style, Emily Blake Photography via SMP

  • Mar17

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    This invitation, and post in general, is very near and dear to me. Not only is it special because it’s a celebration for an upcoming baby, it happens to be a celebration and invitation for MY upcoming baby. I’m very excited to share it with you! Baby girl will be here any day now, and I will be taking a little time off to get to know my new little one and be with my family. I’ll be returning to work starting in May so not to fear! I will be back. In the meantime, let me share with you the details for our celebration!


    It all started with a color palette, which I struggled with! I didn’t want your typically “it’s a girl!” color scheme, but rather something fun that still made you think “girl”. I finally settled on muted soft pink, peach, fuchsia and hints of gold. Love this color scheme. After I determined the color, it was time for the invitation. Being an invitation designer, I knew exactly what I wanted for my little girl, and I came up with the following.



    The invitation itself was mailed in a beautiful hand made envelope with custom die cut shape and lined in a complimentary pattern to the rest of the suite. The envelope was finished off with lovely white calligraphy for the mailing addresses.



    The back side of the invitation featured a die cut shape pocket, as well as a detailed laser cut floral design to surround the information card that was housed in the pocket. I really had fun with color on this invitation. I loved the pop of fuchsia on the back, and the soft pink of the flowers that was again echoed on the pocket.


    Another fun detail I loved was the edge painting in gold. I wanted to make sure the party had pops of gold, and the edge painting was the perfect place for it on the invitations.



    The invitations were a big hit, and the perfect opener for the party! Now that you’ve seen the invitation, lets take a look at the celebration!


    We decided on a co-ed party. I’m not partial to baby showers, and my husband and I both wanted to have a celebration together with all of our friends. After all, it’s not all about the mom! Upon arriving to the party, guests were greeted by a walkway of balloons.


    My husband and I personalized each guest’s favor, which made them extra special. We love all our friends and family, and were so thankful they were there to support and celebrate with us!


    The food was delicious, and all lovingly prepared by my mom and mother in law. My husband also had fun BBQing outside, as it was such a nice day, and gave the guys something fun to do!



    We also had the most amazing bread from Mediterra Bakehouse. Not only was it beautiful, but absolutely delicious!!


    The cake, brought up to us from Sweet and Saucy by one of my good friends, was absolutely to die for! Some of our guests commented it was the best cake they had ever eaten!


    I absolutely adore flowers. If I wasn’t an invitation designer, I may just be a floral designer! I love the colors, textures, I could go on and on… At any rate, I ordered the flowers for the party wholesale and arranged them myself, which I thoroughly enjoyed!



    Feeling so blessed to be able to celebrate such a wonderful life event, and I can’t wait to meet baby girl! We’ll see you back here in May. In the meantime, feel free to browse our blog for more inspiration!

    Invitation by Zenadia Design // Party details, flowers, signage and photography by Zenadia Design // Cake by Sweet and Saucy

    Board Credits – Top Row: Samuel Lippke for Details Details, Pinterest, Carla Ten Eyck via SMP, Bottom Row: ZsaZsa Bellagio, Carlie Statsky for Engaged & Inspired via SMP, Samuel Lippke for Details Details

  • Mar3


    Upon meeting with Marissa and Louis, I was so excited to begin working on their designs! Their color scheme was black and gold with pops of jewel tones, although for their invitation they wanted to keep a classic black and gold color scheme…


    Below is the invitation we created for them. I loved the classic look, and so many of the fun details we were able to incorporate in this suite.


    The back of the invitation featured one of my favorite gold papers, as well as a belly band with custom wax seal to hold all the cards together.



    For their reply card, Marissa and Louis wanted to include an image from their fabulous venue, Four Seasons the Biltmore in Santa Barbara. We decided on a sepia tone to compliment the classic and upscale elegance their invitation had.


    Another fun element in their suite was the custom wedding map we hand drew for them. It included locations that were special to Marissa and Louis, as well as different accommodations for their guests.


    Another favorite part of the suite was the custom monogram we designed for them, which was showcased on the wax seal on the back side of the invitation.

    Invitation design by Zenadia Design.

    Board Credits – Top Row: Cake, Splenderosa via Jet Fete, The Graphic Exchange via Jet Fete, Bottom Row: The Decorista via Jet Fete, Stone House Tile, Sofiaz Choice

  • Feb10

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    I’ve been wanting to share this invitation for quite some time, as it was one of my favorites from last year! Mandi and Dan’s wedding was all about understated elegance, a touch of bling though not over the top, and a classic and glamorous color scheme of whites, creams and gold…


    Since Mandi and Dan are both actors, their wedding was to have a slight Hollywood glamour style, although not in any way themed. After compiling some inspiration, I set to work designing. We started with save the dates, which were fun and unique and featured a great picture of Mandi and Dan by Ashleigh Taylor Photography.


    We decided to play into the old Hollywood style via the type design, so as not to overpower with the “theme”. I loved this, as I’m a huge fan of fonts and type design!


    Next was the invitation, which kept along the same style, adding some unique elements and a little sparkle.



    There were so many things I loved about this suite. For one thing, the amazing gold foil stamp on the main invitation with hand applied swarovski crystals.


    I also loved the cover of the pocket folder we designed. All laser cut, it really was stunning!





    All the additional cards were housed neatly in the pocket folder, creating a nice clean look. A definite favorite of mine, and perfect for a winter or glamorous summer celebration!

    Invitation design by Zenadia Design.

    Board Credits – Top Row: ZsaZsa Bellagio, Love My Dress, Tim Otto Photography for Karen Tran Florals, Bottom Row: Emily Blake Photography for Green Leaf Designs, House of Golden, Jenny Packham